Our specially trained math instructors will teach your child how to understand math in an individual setting; our unique approach enables us to explain concepts really well and lend a helping hand to every student. Our tutors foster a caring, encouraging environment that helps kids thrive and learn! Read below to learn more about our talented team:
Sachin Gore, Owner
Welcome, I'm Sachin!
In addition to teaching students math at Mathnasium, I am also a math teacher at Hill-Murray school in Maplewood, where I teach Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 to 8th-12 grade students.
While I am now a business owner and educator, my education and experience are actually in the field of engineering. I went to Penn State where I completed my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering. I later completed my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Drexel University. If you haven't figured it out by now, I grew up in Pennsylvania near Philadelphia!
I love teaching kids math because I feel math is such an important life skill and I know that many students find math to be frustrating and confusing. Using math to solve engineering and business problems was key to success in my own career. While math came relatively easy to me, my son, now in 11th grade, struggled to "get" math and I struggled to teach it to him in a way that made sense until we discovered Mathnasium!
During my engineering career, I worked at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan for a few years before moving to Minnesota to work at Andersen Windows in Bayport for 17 years. During that time, I had the opportunity to help start up a new factory, improve existing products and develop new products.
In addition to living and working in the St. Croix Valley with my wife and son, I enjoy teaching personal finance, business, and entrepreneurship in K-12 classrooms as a Junior Achievement volunteer. I am also on the board of the St. Croix Valley Athletic Association (SCVAA) and mentor high school students through Rotary's STRIVE (Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education) program.
Amanda Hannasch, Center Director
Hi there, I’m Amanda! I am currently a senior at University of Wisconsin at River Falls majoring in Mathematics.
I love being able to work with students and helping them succeed, in both math and life. My favorite part about teaching math is seeing the “light bulb” moment; the moment that they finally understand the concepts that they are working on, and then being able to breeze through their work. It’s very rewarding to be able to be a part of that success!
I grew up in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, and am an alumnus of Stillwater Area High School. I went to Iowa State University for 3 years studying Chemical Engineering before transferring to the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. In addition to my studies and job, I love to volunteer through Junior Achievement (JA) and Strive Mentoring. I also love reading, being outside when it's warm out, and spending time with my German Shepard mix puppy!
Shad Vork, Senior Math Coach
Hi, I’m Shad. I have a bachelor's degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics.
I tutored math throughout college but went in an altogether different direction for a career. In the past few years, I tutored a couple of family members in high school math and ACT prep. Through this time, I remembered how much I love math as well as seeing others learn it.
My other interests include playing trombone with Stillwater’s Valley Concert Winds, playing games with my family and studying the Bible.
Dan Geister, Senior Math Coach
Hi! I’m Dan and I am from River Falls, Wisconsin. I have a bachelor's degree in Geology.
I have been working in education since 2005 and at Rutherford Elementary in Stillwater since 2015. I've been also teaching at Mathnasium since 2016.
Outside of teaching I have an abundance of interests. I am involved with the Pierce County Historical Association and have a major interest in local history. This passion has led me to write two local history books. I also love Star Wars, consider myself an 80’s Music Enthusiast and Collector and I’m always on the hunt for old albums.
Ryan Burger, Math Coach
Hi, I’m Ryan! I recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering. I graduated from Stillwater Area High School in 2015 where of course, math was my favorite subject in school!
I try to bring positive energy that can make math seem fun. Working with students allows me to feel like I can have a strong influence on our community, and I get to teach a topic that I love. The atmosphere at Mathnasium is one where I feel at home in, and I hope I can provide the same feeling for the students!
I spend most of my free time playing sports, watching sports, or hanging with my friends. I love to play ultimate frisbee and basketball, and will talk about sports anytime - especially if some math is involved. I’m a lover of strategy board games, especially Dominion and Smallworld, and I am always looking for recommendations.
Eleanor Sand, Math Coach
Olivia Velte, Math Coach
Hi I’m Olivia. I am currently a senior at Stillwater Area High School taking AP Statistics. I completed AP Calculus BC last school year.
I have always loved math and helping other kids learn to love math is the best part of my job!
In addition to my school work and my time at Mathnasium, I run on the cross country team, work in an Addiction Neuroscience lab at the University of Minnesota, and spend time with my friends and family.
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